Mr. Keiper

COVID-19 Updates
Hopewell Area School District is currently Closed due to the COVID-19 virus.

The Hopewell Area Board of School Directors meeting scheduled for April 6, 2020 has been cancelled.  

Parent information regarding continuity of instruction:
Please click on the following for HASD’s Continuity of Education Plan as required by PA’s Department of Education:
Please see our COVID-19 Updates page for the latest news from the district.  Latest update: 3/30/2020 (Prom Information)


The Beaver County School Districts and the Career and Technology Center continue to work together as we receive guidance from our state and federal leaders. Today, Governor Wolf announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.  Therefore, all Beaver County school facilities are closed and events cancelled through the end of the school year.  While much uncertainty still exists, this announcement will allow families to plan for their needs in the coming months.  All schools will continue to provide continuity of education and meals through the last regularly scheduled day of school.  We understand that this is heartbreaking for the Class of 2020, but please be patient as we seek additional guidance from our state leaders regarding graduation and other special events.  We appreciate your patience and support during this closure and we will continue to provide updates as we move forward together.

The breakfast and lunch pickups are still on-going at the Junior High and Independence Elementary School between 11-1 each weekday. 


Device Pickup Information: 

 If a Hopewell student is still in need of a device for continuity of instruction, please let your child’s teacher know.
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Mr. Keiper

8th Grade Music

Class Information

8th Grade Music is an in-depth look at musical cultures throughout the world and history.  The 9-week course details various careers in the business of music, global musical styles (including popular, folk, and art musics), and the history of Western music in Europe and America.

We use the Silver Burdett Making Music book series.

We also utilize a Google website for our Song Review Project:

Rules & Expectations

We adhere to The Three P's:
  • Always be Prompt - Be in your seat ready for class before the late bell rings.  If you are ever late to class, bring a note from the teacher, administrator, or secretary you were with.

  • Always be Prepared - Bring a pencil or pen and your daily planner with you to class everyday.  Be prepared to participate in class discussions, activities, worksheets, or music making everyday.

  • Always be Polite - Do not interfere with any other student's music education.  Be respectful when speaking, taking turns and listening to opposing opinions before responding.

Grading Policies

Student grades are reflected by written and turned-in work.  Missed worksheets and classwork caused by an absence (participation points) only need made-up if it applies directly to the quiz or project.  Quizzes and projects are to be completed in class with allotted time.  Rarely will homework be given, and only in the extreme case that work could not be completed during classtime.

Participation grades (worksheets, small group activities) comprise 25% of the final grade.

Quiz/Project grades (three unit quizzes, one individual research project) comprise 75% of the final grade.

Parents and students are encouraged to visit Hopewell's Power Student website often to track progress in the course.
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